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Smithsonian[edit]

Does the the Smithsonian collect everything and anything that Americans, some or a lot, like? Because I cannot find the significance of Fonzie as a musuem exihibit from the article as of now. Although I did hear him mentioned twice: Once in Pulp Fiction (where Fonzie is described as "cool and calm") and another in Phoebe's pregnancy episode of Friends. --Menchi 12:24 6 Jul 2003 (UTC)

  • The Smithsonian keeps standing exhibits dedicated to the American way of life. Fonzie (and Happy Days) are fairly universal, the show had the same level of popularity as Seinfeld or Dallas. Tim Rhymeless (Er...let's shimmy) 10:49, 25 Jan 2005 (UTC)

Inappropriate content[edit]

This article contains too much technical detail and needs to be trimmed significantly. Most of the information about the character should be referenced in primary sources and does not belong on wikipedia. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 99.225.172.159 (talk) 01:21, 18 June 2008 (UTC)

Aaaaaaaayeeee, sit on it. 58.7.147.160 (talk) 10:23, 19 November 2011 (UTC) Harlequin

am i the ONLY one[edit]

who thinks he looks EXACTLY like Tabare Vazquez?

Lockeownzj00 05:58, 9 Mar 2005 (UTC)

Yes

Why is Fonzie linked from fictional republicans is there any proof of this?[edit]

probably from the episode about the election episode. Everyone except Richie, liked Ike. Arthur Fonzarelli 21:40, 31 October 2006 (UTC)

PioneerGrrrl 23:06, 6 May 2007 (UTC)Since he later supported Kennedy. I'm inclined to believe the character wasn't a member of a particular party as much as he liked being out and involved with things happening in his community.

PioneerGrrrlI deleted the 'Republican categorization because it was innacurate. I've always--even as a little girl--thought of the Fonz as more of a generic community organizer. That is a more accurate classification.

Sandbox[edit]

What about adding a note about how Fonzie has essentially become the hero of Sandbox users. He appears there, often, for no apparent reason....--Quadraxis 22:45, 24 July 2005 (UTC)

What?

family guy[edit]

12.18.2005

Family Guy episode: Church of Fonzi... should be added to article!

Did both Homer and Peter cut their hands trying to punch a jukebox to make it work? i don't think Family Guy is that direct in taking from the Simpsons...I'll check that out.

Middle Name[edit]

I believe The Fonz's middle name was Dren, and was addressed in an episode.

No, that's from the episode where Joanie has a crush on Potsie (or Ralph- I forget) and sends him notes. She calls him Dren because it's Nerd spelled backwards.Saxophobia 23:34, 17 October 2006 (UTC)

Not the correct middle name.[edit]

11trivia 11:23, 16 August 2006 (UTC)In the episode where Fonzie gets baptized his middle name is Herbert.

Omnipotent?[edit]

What is going on with the word "omnipotent" in the lead? I can't at all understand what that's supposed to mean. --Masamage 05:29, 14 March 2007 (UTC)

facebook group[edit]

is mentioning it really necessary? there are facebook groups on absolutely everything. Vexer 10:58, 21 March 2007 (UTC)

Fonz's grilfriends for crossword fans[edit]

Pinky Tuscadero was Fonz's girlfriend. Linda Bove as Allison, Fonz's deaf girlfriend http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linda_Bove. and Ashley Pfister. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Paleocon (talkcontribs) 16:45, 23 April 2007 (UTC).

international links[edit]

All the international links (except de:Fonzie) are wrong.

it:Fonz, es:Fonz, pt:Fonz, an:Fonz, eu:Fonz are all about some Spanish town called Fonz, but the problem is that they all link back to en:Fonzie. The page en:Fonz actually exists, but is a redirect to en:Fonzie again. So if one goes here will be misled.

I know there are robots involved in international links, how to fix this? Nineko 04:38, 29 August 2007 (UTC)

(forgot to say, as a temporary fix, I removed all of them. not a big deal to put them back eventually) Nineko 04:39, 29 August 2007 (UTC)

Fonzarelli Not a Real Surname[edit]

Prob. not of relevance to the page itself, but I thought it interesting to note that Fonzarelli is not an actual surname. I presume the name is supposed to be Italian, but it is not a surname in any language. The Fonzarellis are probably from that same mystery part of Italy as the Sopranos or the DiPestos {Agnes DiPesto of Moonlighting} —Preceding unsigned comment added by ROG 19 (talkcontribs) 17:19, 12 October 2007 (UTC)

Of course, it is not real like all non-Italian cast members of ridiculous programs pretending to be Italian, including the gross mispronouncing of Italian words on many of these shows, this guy "Fonzi" is make believe Italian. I have to find the reference that they wanted an Italian "male model type" for the character of Fonzi, but Winkler walked in (who of course looks nothing like an Italian or a male model.) His over the top characterisation (which frankly in my opinion is more Jewish in characterisation than authentically Italian) nonetheless got him hired. Why? Hell if I know. Causepowered (talk) 12:45, 15 September 2012 (UTC)

Fair use rationale for Image:Fonzie.jpg[edit]

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Ike[edit]

There was an episode where Fonzie endorsed Eisenhower in 1956. This is not a joke. OddibeKerfeld (talk) 19:05, 8 January 2008 (UTC)

It aired on Jan. 28, 1975 in episode called "The Not Making of a President." [1] —Preceding unsigned comment added by OddibeKerfeld (talkcontribs) 19:13, 8 January 2008 (UTC)

I restored it. Someone removed it for no reason. OddibeKerfeld (talk) 17:06, 10 January 2008 (UTC)

Because it's non-notable. Or were you planning on getting this article up to 4,000 KB by including an example from every single episode? —Wknight94 (talk) 17:23, 10 January 2008 (UTC)
No, sorry. I thought it was notable. You win thought doesn't that break a rule to have an anon delete? You are all about the rules and the book, right? I think I'll reconsider my life now. What have we come to when we are arguing over Fonzie and Haley Joel Osment's car? Our world is a sad place and I'm not sure wiki is making it better. In fact, it seems to show how much sadder its becoming. Thanks again for your timeless and lasting devotion to this site. At least when you die you will have something to look back on and say that you were able to make a difference. I don't think I will. I was hoping my fellow nerds would be friendly here, but instead I've encountered nothing but vitriol and hatred most of the time even when I've tried to be nice. Good bye cruel wiki. OddibeKerfeld (talk) 20:40, 10 January 2008 (UTC)

Possible Inclusion: "Veggies"?[edit]

Maybe I was too young to remember a precedent, but I'm nearly certain that Fonzie's character was responsible for popularizing, if not coining (okay the show's writers), the term "veggies" as a shortened form of "vegetables." The word may have existed before he said it, but I doubt it'd be in as wide-spread usage had it not been for Fonzie and Happy Days. Opinions? 'bitchen' ric (talk) 19:30, 7 March 2008 (UTC) You need a citation for that to work, my friend. - Arcayne (cast a spell) 21:00, 11 November 2008 (UTC)

Citation needed[edit]

The mention of the thumbs-up sign as a covert "flip-off" needs a citation; nothing in the show implies this; fonzie didn't give people the thumbs-up sign when angry or annoyed with people. It was always displayed in a positive light. Michael.Urban (talk) 19:27, 3 July 2008 (UTC)

I Concur. 'bitchen' ric (talk) 20:03, 11 November 2008 (UTC)

Double entendre: Fonzie jumps over a shark while on water-skis[edit]

The caption for the image confuses me, it has a double meaning I am not sure to understand. This guideline states that articles should not be written using doublespeak. Some people might be the pun funny, but this is not the point of an encyclopedia. If nobody argues, I will change it to "Fonzie on water-skis". Cheers Nicolas1981 (talk) 01:51, 16 January 2009 (UTC)

Not so much a double-entendré, Nicolas1981; you've just discovered the source of the phrase Jumping the shark. It was coined because the series that the character appeared in, Happy Days had run out of stories to tell, so they started creating increasingly unbelievable plotlines - aliens from outer space (Mork from Ork) and, of course, jumping a shark while wearing a leather biker jacket. I hope that explains things a little better for you- Arcayne (cast a spell) 02:34, 16 January 2009 (UTC)
Thanks Arcayne :-) That's interesting, and now I see it is mentioned in the "See also" section. I tried to find a way to make it more explicit for people like me, but I did not find anything good. Cheers Nicolas1981 (talk) 05:44, 16 January 2009 (UTC)
Let me have a crack at it, and tell me what you think afterward. - Arcayne (cast a spell) 14:40, 16 January 2009 (UTC) he is stupid

Jewish[edit]

If I recall in one episode it is shown that Fonzie is Jewish. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 69.248.40.37 (talk) 19:35, 29 March 2009 (UTC)

The actor Henry Winkler is Jewish. The character he plays may also be partly Jewish, but the only sign I recall indicating this is a reference to the name Nussbaum in the character's family.Smiloid (talk) 07:14, 21 June 2009 (UTC)
here is a ref to the character IMDB Smiloid (talk) 07:32, 21 June 2009 (UTC)


his grandmother in the series was def jewish. nussbaum was her name. THERE WERE more hints about him being part jewish when cunningham baptized him he thanked his jewish relatives for being here — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2A02:908:191:5FA0:8C68:6D2C:2593:1A7E (talk) 19:42, 20 July 2018 (UTC)

Mother[edit]

This is confusing:

As a child, he and his mother were abandoned by his father.
In a later episode, Fonz unexpectedly meets a woman he believes is his mother in a diner. She convinces him she is not, but in the end she looks at a picture of Fonz as a small child and sighs.

I presume that he's lost contact with his mother by adulthood but this isn't explained Nil Einne (talk) 11:07, 17 May 2009 (UTC)

Brother[edit]

Didn't Foznie have a brother, or a half brother? I remember an episode where he shows up, informing Fonzie that their father had died at sea. Fonz tries to get to know his brother, but the guy is too much of a square for them to hit it off, but they part friends. Czolgolz (talk) 23:39, 14 May 2010 (UTC)

Seth Macfarlane Pop culture[edit]

He was also mentioned in macfarlane's harvard speech. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Arthritix (talkcontribs) 21:26, 31 May 2010 (UTC)

Proofreading[edit]

{{editsemiprotected}} "upmost" should read "utmost" —Preceding unsigned comment added by 122.172.200.75 (talkcontribs) 20:21, 6 August 2010

Done before I got here (by Shearonink (talk · contribs).  Chzz  ►  22:27, 6 August 2010 (UTC)

Done Shearonink (talk) 22:32, 6 August 2010 (UTC)

Funny People Reference[edit]

Adam Sandler makes a reference to Fonzie in the movie Funny People - maybe that should be added somewhere. Seth Rogen's character mentions that he needs a cigarette or that he started smoking again... Sandler says "Why? Because it makes you look like The Fonz?" I thought that line was pretty damn funny, the way he says it. Henry Winkler has been in a few Sandler movies, so it makes sense. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 71.253.26.134 (talk) 13:32, 25 April 2011 (UTC)


Why[edit]

why does it say "On the other hand ... " he expects others to also be moral? As in it would be a bad thing! — Preceding unsigned comment added by 83.255.114.145 (talk) 13:21, 10 June 2012 (UTC)

Pop Cultural Influence omission: Sears 'Thumbs Up' jeans, The Martian (film)[edit]

Circa 1977, the Sears Roebuck Company introduced a brand of jeans called 'Thumbs Up'. Henry Winkler discussed this on a TV talk show regarding the unexpected power of his Fonzie image. Citation? I'm struggling to find the show he discussed this on - I believe it's the syndicated Mike Douglas Show. Any help on this is very welcome. Theaternearyou (talk) 22:25, 6 January 2013 (UTC)

In Ridley Scott's 2015 film, the lead character is watching Happy Days and later does "The Fonz" on a self-portrait. Zuckerberg (talk) 00:31, 14 October 2015 (UTC)

His girlfriend[edit]

Shouldn't this article mention his girlfriend, Pinky Tuscadero (Roz Kelly)? Or did I miss it in there, somewhere? She was a pretty big story-line for a season or two, as I recall. Certainly enough to merit a mention in this article. Thanks. Joseph A. Spadaro (talk) 01:40, 23 January 2013 (UTC)

His other jacket…[edit]

It says that due to studio pressure he could initially only wear the leather jacket in scenes with the bike present, otherwise wearing a white windbreaker; however, although he may have worn a white jacket at times (perhaps a garage coverall?), the nylon windbreaker jacket he wore was usually blue - there are plenty of pics of it to be found. Jock123 (talk) 16:28, 9 November 2013 (UTC)

Fonzie's family[edit]

Well Since Fonzie Has a cousin named Chachi. Chachi has cousins on HIS (not fonzies side) so I think that Chachi's cousin's would be 2nd cousins on Fonzie's side. wouldn't you think so?Dfrr (talk) 04:44, 16 April 2015 (UTC) (Talk to me:-)

Contradictions[edit]

This article says Cunningham appeared in all episodes but the Henry Winkler article says he left before the end of the series. This article also says Mickey Dolenz was first considered for the role but the Winkler article says that they were looking for a tall, hunky blonde (which Dolenz was not). Can someone please source the statements/fix the contradictions between the articles. - Sitush (talk) 22:05, 20 July 2016 (UTC)

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Simpsons reference[edit]

in one episode they visit museum and lisa and homer see the BILL OF RIGHTS unwatched and without security on the other hand security guards behind fonzis leather jacket — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2A02:908:191:5FA0:8C68:6D2C:2593:1A7E (talk) 19:43, 20 July 2018 (UTC)